This is the shit that nightmares are made of. I’ve seen all the memes and tweets saying that Martin Prado looks like Mrs. Doubtfire here (RIP Robin Williams), but fuck that. Mrs. Doubtfire was a lovable character that made you laugh and feel good. Martin Prado does not make me laugh or feel good here. In fact, he reminds me of Hollow Man.
I watched that movie a million times because I had it on DVD, they showed titties in it twice, and that was back when it took six and a half hours to download a three-minute porn. Anyway, if you walked in a room and saw Mrs. Doubtfire with her/his face covered in shaving cream, you’d be stoked. Party’s on. But if you walked in a room and saw Hollow Man, you’d run for your life. Same thing with Martin Prado. Freaks me the fuck out.
But, while Prado had a big three-run double in the bottom of the eighth inning in Miami’s 6-1 victory to take three of four from the Cubs, the biggest reason why Prado was even asked to do a postgame interview was because Jose Fernandez mowed the Cubs down over seven innings with 13 strikeouts. Over his last nine starts, he’s 7-1 with a 1.18 ERA and 91 strikeouts in 61 innings. In addition to that, opponents are hitting just .168 with a .468 OPS against him over that span, and his 13-strikeout game against the Cubs has him closing in on Clayton Kershaw for the MLB lead in strikeouts. Fernandez now has 138 strikeouts this season, the most ever by any Marlin before the All Star break, which puts him just seven strikeouts behind Kershaw for the most in the majors.
I’ll keep saying it until people start talking about them more. The Marlins are the best team that you didn’t even realize were that good this year.